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Had a little excitement this morning. The high pressure fuel pipe popped off, and sprayed petrol all over the engine bay! Fortunately, I saw the spray immediately in my rear view mirror, and I stopped the car as soon as I could in a small lay-by. The AA were able to reattach the pipe, and get me mobile again, but I'm obviously very concerned about driving the car now until I can get a new pipe fitted. Has anybody else heard of this happening on Evoras in the past?

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Have you still got the plastic retaining clip that secures the fuel line.?

https://www.deroure.com/diagrams.asp?MAK=1&MDL=20&TBL=12718&SMA=0&SMO=0&ST=&SC=0

no 22 on the parts list.

I would suspect the retaining clip hasnt been fitted correctly hense popping off

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37 minutes ago, lotus muncher said:

Have you still got the plastic retaining clip that secures the fuel line.?

https://www.deroure.com/diagrams.asp?MAK=1&MDL=20&TBL=12718&SMA=0&SMO=0&ST=&SC=0

no 22 on the parts list.

I would suspect the retaining clip hasnt been fitted correctly hense popping off

I’m really not sure. The AA guy said something about the pipe having a moulded shape so it should click into place. He said that removing a refitting the pipe takes the edges off so it doesn’t grip so well. No mention of a clip.
I’ve been advised to get the pipe replaced urgently, and Mike Kimberley told me on the Lotus Evora Owners Group on Facebook that Lotus need to issue a service bulletin. 

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Interesting issue as this is first I’ve read about, but I’m not on face book... 

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59 minutes ago, au-yt said:

Interesting issue as this is first I’ve read about, but I’m not on face book... 

Nobody else has experienced this in the Facebook group either!

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Any photo of it viewed from the top so we can check 👍

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4 hours ago, Whitey said:

Any photo of it viewed from the top so we can check 👍

Sorry, the connection is directly underneath the throttle body, really hard to see it, yet alone get a useful picture. Honestly, don’t even worry about it. It seems to be just a total one-off following the engine-out job. 

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OK thanks, and phew! I will have a little check under the TB. Had mine for nearly 8 years and 30k miles and its been great, no real expense apart from tyres ( rears) and pads but that is just normal wear. It's been  a superb car and I've had loads of Lotus cars from '82......................

I've also never had issues with the older ones - they've done track days, sprints etc, but no failures and no flatbeds in 37 years :) Hope it stays that way. If you look after them ( self or specialist) they are prob a lot better that the modern stuff with all the electronics.

Hope you are trouble free from here.

 

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8 hours ago, Whitey said:

OK thanks, and phew! I will have a little check under the TB. Had mine for nearly 8 years and 30k miles and its been great, no real expense apart from tyres ( rears) and pads but that is just normal wear. It's been  a superb car and I've had loads of Lotus cars from '82......................

I've also never had issues with the older ones - they've done track days, sprints etc, but no failures and no flatbeds in 37 years :) Hope it stays that way. If you look after them ( self or specialist) they are prob a lot better that the modern stuff with all the electronics.

Hope you are trouble free from here.

 

I think you’ve been lucky! I’ve had 10 Lotus over that past 30 years and I’m sure most of those have broken down at some point! I’ve definitely found my last two to be the most reliable - Toyota power seems to be an advantage!

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10 hours ago, Brendonian said:

Sorry, the connection is directly underneath the throttle body, really hard to see it, yet alone get a useful picture. Honestly, don’t even worry about it. It seems to be just a total one-off following the engine-out job. 

Not understanding why MK says there needs to be a service bulletin then. Just seems to be a bad refitting problem.

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37 minutes ago, Bruss said:

Not understanding why MK says there needs to be a service bulletin then. Just seems to be a bad refitting problem.

Simple explanation for that is the AA bloke gave me bad information. Subsequent examination of the pipe suggests it’s still a very good fit when connected properly. 

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